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Ferling, John E.

Works: 42 works in 220 publications in 1 language and 20,051 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Military history  Bibliography  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: E330, B
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Adams vs. Jefferson : the tumultuous election of 1800 by John E Ferling ( Book )
16 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 3,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A history of the presidential campaign follows the clash between the two candidates, Adams and Jefferson, and their different visions of the future of America, the machinations that led to Jefferson's victory, and the repercussions of the campaign
A leap in the dark : the struggle to create the American republic by John E Ferling ( Book )
20 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 3,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author revisits a truly revolutionary period in American history, chronicling the battles over allegiance, philosophy, leadership, and ideas that surrounded the birth of the American republic
Almost a miracle : the American victory in the War of Independence by John E Ferling ( Book )
17 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the military history of the American Revolution and the grim realities of the eight-year conflict while offering descriptions of the major engagements on land and sea and the decisions that influenced the course of the war
John Adams : a life by John E Ferling ( Book )
24 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Better than any other full-scale biography to date, Ferling's book places Adams in the context of his swirling times and makes clear why he deserves our admiration for his apolitical courage and stubborn independence. John Ferling's masterful John Adams: A Life is the most comprehensive single-volume biography of the man who succeeded George Washington in the presidency and shepherded the fragile new nation through the most dangerous of times. Drawing on extensive research, Ferling depicts a reluctant revolutionary, a leader who was deeply troubled by the warfare that he helped to make, and a fiercely independent statesman
The first of men : a life of George Washington by John E Ferling ( Book )
22 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Written by John Ferling, one of America's leading historians of the Revolutionary era, The first of men offers an illuminating portrait of George Washington's life, with emphasis on his military and political career. Here is a riveting account that captures Washington in all his complexity, recounting not only Washington's familiar sterling qualities--courage, industry, ability to make difficult decisions, ceaseless striving for self-improvement, love of his family and loyalty to friends--but also his less well known character flaws. Indeed, as Ferling shows, Washington had to overcome many negative traits as he matured into a leader. The young Washington was accused of ingratitude and certain of his letters from this period read as if they were written by "a pompous martinet and a whining, petulant brat." As commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, he lost his temper more than once and indulged flatterers. Aaron Burr found him "a boring, colorless person." As president, he often believed the worst about individual officials. Ferling concludes that Washington's personality and temperament were those of "a self-centered and self-absorbed man, one who since youth had exhibited a fragile self-esteem." And yet he managed to realize virtually every grand design he ever conceived. Ferling's Washington is driven, fired by ambition, envy, and dreams of fame and fortune. Yet his leadership and character galvanized the American Revolution--probably no one else could have kept the war going until the master stroke at Yorktown--and helped the fledgling nation take, and survive, its first unsteady steps. This superb paperback makes available once again an unflinchingly honest and compelling biography of the father of our country"--Provided by publisher
Setting the world ablaze : Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution by John E Ferling ( Book )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Setting the World Ablaze is the story of the three men who, perhaps more than any others, helped bring the United Sates into being: George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Braiding three strands into one narrative, John Ferling brings these American icons down from their pedestals to show them as men of flesh and blood, and gives us a new understanding of the passion and uncertainty of the struggle to form a new nation." "Setting the World Ablaze shows in detail how these conservative men - successful members of the colonial elite - were transformed into radical revolutionaries, and in doing so, it illuminates not just the special genius of these three leaders, but the transformation of His Majesty's colonies into the United States."--Jacket
The ascent of George Washington : the hidden political genius of an American icon by John E Ferling ( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Even compared to his fellow founders, George Washington stands tall. Our first president has long been considered a stoic hero, holding himself above the rough-and-tumble politics of his day. Now historian John Ferling peers behind that image, carefully burnished by Washington himself, to show us a leader who was not only not above politics, but a canny infighter--a master of persuasion, manipulation, and deniability. In the War of Independence, Washington used his skills to steer the Continental Army through crises that would have broken less determined men; he squeezed out rivals and defused dissent. Ending the war as a national hero, Washington "allowed" himself to be pressed into the presidency, guiding the nation with the same brilliantly maintained pose of selfless public interest. Ferling argues that not only was Washington one of America's most adroit politicians--the proof of his genius is that he is no longer thought of as a politician at all.--From publisher description
Adams vs. Jefferson [the tumultuous election of 1800] by John E Ferling ( )
12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It was a contest of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two heroes of the Revolutionary era, once intimate friends, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce battle for the future of the United States. The election of 1800 was a thunderous clash of a campaign that climaxed in a deadlock in the Electoral College and led to a crisis in which the young republic teetered on the edge of collapse. Adams vs. Jefferson is a gripping account of a true turning point in American history, a dramatic struggle between two parties with profoundly different visions of how the nation should be governed. Adams led the Federalists, conservatives who favored a strong central government, and Jefferson led the Republicans, egalitarians who felt the Federalists had betrayed the Revolution of 1776 and were backsliding toward monarchy. The campaign itself was a barroom brawl every bit as ruthless as any modern contest, with mud-slinging--Federalists called Jefferson "a howling atheist"--Scare tactics, and backstabbing. The low point came when Alexander Hamilton printed a devastating attack on Adams, the head of his own party, in "fifty-four pages of unremitting vilification." The election ended in a stalemate in the Electoral College that dragged on for days and nights and through dozens of ballots. Tensions ran so high that the Republicans threatened civil war if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. Finally a secret deal that changed a single vote gave Jefferson the White House. A devastated Adams left Washington before dawn on Inauguration Day, too embittered even to shake his rival's hand. Jefferson's election, John Ferling concludes, consummated the American Revolution, assuring the democratization of the United States and its true separation from Britain. With magisterial command, Ferling brings to life both the outsize personalities and the hotly contested political questions at stake. He shows not just why this moment was a milestone in U.S. history, but how strongly the issues--and the passions--of 1800 resonate with our own time"--product description
Jefferson and Hamilton : the rivalry that forged a nation by John E Ferling ( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A spellbinding history of the epic rivalry that shaped our republic: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and their competing visions for America... The decade of the 1790s has been called the 'age of passion.' Fervor ran high as rival factions battled over the course of the new republic-- each side convinced that the other's goals would betray the legacy of the Revolution so recently fought and so dearly won. All understood as well that what was at stake was not a moment's political advantage, but the future course of the American experiment in democracy. In this epochal debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Both men were visionaries, but their visions of what the United States should be were diametrically opposed. Jefferson, a true revolutionary, believed passionately in individual liberty and a more egalitarian society, with a weak central government and greater powers for the states. Hamilton, a brilliant organizer and tactician, feared chaos and social disorder. He sought to build a powerful national government that could ensure the young nation's security and drive it toward economic greatness. Jefferson and Hamilton is the story of the fierce struggle-- both public and, ultimately, bitterly personal-- between these two titans. It ended only with the death of Hamilton in a pistol duel, felled by Aaron Burr, Jefferson's vice president. Their competing legacies, like the twin strands of DNA, continue to shape our country to this day. Their personalities, their passions, and their bold dreams for America leap from the page in this epic new work from one of our finest historians" -- from publisher's web page
Independence : the struggle to set America free by John E Ferling ( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the political disputes that surrounded America's 1776 Declaration of Independence, offering insight into the views of Parliament sympathizers and colonists who stayed loyal to Britain
The Loyalist mind : Joseph Galloway and the American Revolution by John E Ferling ( Book )
4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The World turned upside down : the American victory in the War of Independence ( Book )
6 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Each essay in the book seeks to answer the question "Why did America win the revolutionary war?"
A wilderness of miseries : war and warriors in early America by John E Ferling ( Book )
6 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The ascent of George Washington the hidden political genius of an American icon by John E Ferling ( Recording )
12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Founding Fathers expert and best selling historian John Ferling reveals a new side of George Washington, a masterful politician and clever infighter who concealed his fervent desire for the presidency with the virtuous image of a patriotic war hero
Struggle for a continent : the wars of early America by John E Ferling ( Book )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
America's origins are inextricably linked to warfare. In Struggle for a Continent, John Ferling tells the complex story of conquest and survival not only in the encounters between European settlers and the native peoples of North America, but also the North American wars among the great powers of Europe to win hegemony in America. While Professor Ferling's unflinching narrative recounts the heroism, anguish, terror, treachery, and barbarism of early American warfare, it also carefully addresses questions such as: the difference between the nature
Independence the struggle to set America free by John E Ferling ( Recording )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the bestselling author of The Ascent of George Washington comes a brilliantly rendered narrative of the epochal struggle in Congress that culminated in American independence
A leap in the dark the struggle to create the American republic by John E Ferling ( )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Adams vs. Jefferson the tumultuous election of 1800 by John E Ferling ( )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1800 the nation was struggling to its feet amidst an array of threats from foreign governments and a host of constitutional struggles. Against this backdrop, President John Adams, an elite, strong-willed Federalist, set to square off against his vice president, Thomas Jefferson, a populist Republican
Joseph Galloway and the philosophy of loyalism by John E Ferling ( )
5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Setting the world ablaze Washington, Adams, and Jefferson in the American revolution by John E Ferling ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Ferling, John.
Ferling, John 1940-
Ferling, John E.
Ferling, John Ernie 1940-
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